Iowa ethanol production held steady in 2012

By Staff | February 14, 2013

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced that the state’s ethanol plants produced a combined 3.7 billion gallons last year, matching the 2011 production level. Iowa’s production equaled roughly 28 percent of U.S. ethanol production last year. According to the IRFA, 2012 marks the first since 2002 that Iowa’s production did not increase year over year.

“2012 will be remembered for the great drought,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Due to Iowa’s incredible farmers, the state weathered the drought better than most. Iowa was fortunate not to have an ethanol plant shut down in 2012.”

While most plants reduced production due to the drought, Shaw noted that within Iowa those reductions were offset by another plant operating for a full year.